Vanoise Express Opens Linking Les Arcs, La Plagne & Peisey

The Vanoise Express cable car opens this Saturday, December 19, allowing the official opening of the huge Paradiski ski area.

The revolutionary double decker cable car links Les Arcs, Peisey Vallandry and La Plagne, offering from this weekend access to more than 200km of slopes. The link opens just in time for the Christmas holidays and the number of visitors to the area is expected to double.

Many Les Arcs and La Plagne pistes and lifts opened last weekend and skiers have been enjoying great conditions as well as quiet slopes. A bit of snowfall on Tuesday night has freshened up the pistes and snow cannons have been taking up the slack, though we’ve been enjoying a majority of bluebird days and Spring-like conditions.

Read resort veterans’ Tales From The Slopes – accounts of skiing on Les Arcs’ opening day.

Check our daily snow reports by JP of Aim Snowsports for conditions checks and forecasts for Paradiski.

Bookmark our LIVE pages to see current lift openings, webcams, weather forecasts, road and travel news and more.

Around 70% of the ski area above 2000m will be open with excellent conditions, particularly on north-facing slopes. The accumulation of snow at 3200m is 93cm.

Les Arcs / Peisey-Vallandry

100 km of tracks will be available to all, with 35 ski lifts, a total of 49 pistes (2 black runs, 14 red runs, 32 blue runs and 1 green, and beginner areas). The ski area is open from 1600, to 3226m (Glacier Aiguille Rouge), offering a vertical drop of 1600m (though the Villaroger connection remains closed). Access by skis or foot to the different villages of altitude will be provided.

It’s not just skiing that’s available. There are 2 toboggan runs, one line of the Snowpark, the Big Air Bag, the Boarder Cross, not to mention Mille8 – the new entertainment hub and leisure complex.

Pisteurs recommend

Test the Piste de la Cachette, which has been completely remodelled to make it suitable for big competitions.

The Barmont piste or any track in the forest of the Peisey Vallandry sector is recommended.

In yesterday’s Snow Report, JP of Aim Snowsports recommended: Plagnettes and Arandelieres in Arc 2000 are two long sweeping red pistes which offering fantastic snow and some great variations in pitch.

La Plagne

On the other side of the Vanoise Express, more than 100 kilometres of slopes – 56 pistes – await skiers, with 54 lifts open (1 black piste, 9 red runs, 39 blue runs, 7 green runs ). Return on skis will be provided for all altitude sites and villages (Montalbert, Montchavin-La Plagne and Champagny opening Saturday).

Belle Plagne snowpark will be opened.

The cross country skiing in the Dou du Praz and the Plan Bois (Montchavin-La Plagne area) will be open.

Pisteurs recommend

Focus on the Grande Rochette sector for great quality skiing. The best skiing for the opening weekend: the red piste Inversens.

It is strongly advised skiers to stay on marked trails and do not venture off-piste.


If you’ve been tempted to visit Paradiski next week, we recommend hiring your ski gear from Polaire Star. The friendly, family-run ski shop is based in Bourg St Maurice right next to the Les Arcs funicular – and if you take in a copy of Edge Magazine or Quote Edge16 online you’ll get 15% off the hire price! 



435km of pistes

14,390 hectares skiable

256 pistes

3250m – 1200m altitude

100,000 beds

2 glaciers

2 snowparks

4 luges

1 waterslide

1 halfpipe

958 workers

100% of lifts run on renewable energy

133km of cross country and nordic skiing pistes.

Katie Downs

EDGE Magazine is your guide to a ski holiday, working or living around Tignes, Val d'Isere, Bourg Saint Maurice, Les Arcs, La Plagne, La Rosiere, Peisey Vallandry & Sainte Foy. Our website is packed full of useful live information, regularly updated features and interviews with something for everyone...snow-lovers, starter snowboarders, seasoned skiers, serious apres-skiers, seasonaires and locals. Pick up a copy of our magazine from December in loads of places in each resort including bars, restaurants, shops, cafes and airport transfer vans too. For more information and to request a media pack e-mail We'd love to hear from you!

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